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CS Renaissance Student Named One of 18 Under 18 in AZ!


    Congratualtions to TJ Borowski for being awarded one of Junior Achievement's 18 under 18 in 2021!


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Who Is Your Hero? Our Bright Child Kindergateners Present

2nd Graders Showing Perseverance at Paseo Hills as they Construct Candy Corn Towers

  • Students Earn National Merit Commendation

    Posted by Adam Laningham on 10/22/2018
    Shout out to 3 former Renaissance graduates. Regan, Anna and Subhayon were presented with a National Merit Commendation. They tested in the top 3% of 1.6 million students in the fall 2017 PSAT!
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  • Sierra Verde's Letters About Literature National Writing Winner!

    Posted by Adam Laningham on 8/16/2018




    Congratulations Peyton Dennis 2018 AZ state winner of Level 1 Letters About Literature National writing completion.


    Peyton’s letter represented AZ in the National Letters About Literature Level 1 Competition and his letter was placed in the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress in Washington DC, and the Arizona Center of the Book at the Arizona State Library.  Peyton was one of the 143 students who made it to the national round. 


    Additionally, Peyton‘s name and book will be posted on the Library of Congress website representing Arizona.  http://www.read.gov/letters/contests/winners/2018/state.html



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  • Online Walk-Up to Math Program Shines!

    Posted by Adam Laningham on 5/22/2018



    The Online Learning Program has been able to support over 60 students this year as they walk up to math on 8 of our campuses.  Two of our students completed 7th-grade, 8th-grade math and Algebra 1 Honors through a rigorous and accelerated path this school year.  With the ability for in-person support from our amazing gifted specialists, and a highly-qualified online math teacher these students exceeded expectations while expanding their technology and mathematical skill sets.



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  • 2nd Place in the Stock Market Game

    Posted by Adam Laningham on 5/7/2018

    Copper Creek Students

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    The team if Skye, Addisyn, and Isabel from 5th grade Sage math placed 2nd in be elementary division of the Stock Market game sponsored by the Arizona Council of Economics Education. The had a rate of return on their investments of over 12% in 10 weeks.

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  • HLS Renaissance - Top Division 1 Team!

    Posted by Adam Laningham on 10/16/2017


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  • Fossil Hunt Field Trip - 7th Grade Renaissance at Highland Lakes

    Posted by Adam Laningham on 9/19/2017


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  • Science Awards at Highland Lakes Renaissance

    Posted by Adam Laningham on 8/24/2017












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  • DVUSD Gifted Teacher Interviewed for ABC News

    Posted by Adam Laningham on 8/17/2017


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    Students at an Arizona school will be able to safely watch the Aug. 21 solar eclipse thanks to one of their teachers.

    Christine Rowlan, a math teacher at Canyon Springs STEM Academy in Anthem, Arizona, raised enough money to buy 1,000 eclipse glasses for her entire student body and faculty.

    "I really didn't think it would work," Rowlan told ABC News of her fundraising efforts. "The GoFundMe was up for less than four hours and it already maxxed out. For [the students] to have a real life experience with science is so much more meaningful. I think they are excited because they've never experienced something like this."

    Canyon Springs is not in the path of totality but residents will be able to partly view the eclipse.

    Rowlan, who teaches a total of 65 third- and fourth-grade students, was determined for the kids to witness the historical event. In June, she had reserved eclipse glasses through a company that later raised their price to a number the school couldn't afford, Rowlan said.

    Rowlan reached out to her district's parent/teacher association who suggested she crowdfund the money. In few hours, she raised $480 and was able to purchase glasses for Canyon Springs' 822 students, plus staff. All 1,000 pairs are made by American Paper Optics -- a company approved by the American Astronomical Society.

    "When Christine puts her mind to something, she gets it done," Principal Tricia Graham told ABC News. "We are trying to create scientists. To celebrate something like this in nature that we can just go outside and look at is amazing. It's something that they will always remember."

    On Aug. 21, the students will gather on the school field to witness the partial eclipse with their teachers and friends.

    Rowlan said she is looking forward to passing the glasses out to the school ahead of the eclipse. Her effort was achieved in honor of her late brother-in-law, who had wanted to witness the eclipse, she said.

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  • Growth Mindset at Paseo Hills

    Posted by Adam Laningham on 8/13/2017


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    Paseo 5th grade SAGE reading students "sticking it together" with some collaborative work about growth mindset today. Our discussion question focus today: "What can you say instead of this is too hard? and why is this a better choice?"


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  • Gifted Rocks Summer Camps!

    Posted by Adam Laningham on 7/18/2017



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  • Congratulations to Mrs. Olson, our Gifted Specialist, at Paseo Hills! 


    Winner of the Az Cardinals & University of Phoenix

    Donate to Educate Grant

    For their STEM Fantasy Football Project
    Enjoy your project and new iPads!

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